Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday

Back from the blog slacking again, maybe I can blame the cold!

So I used to be a big 10 things Tuesday person, but as the summer came and went I didn't seem to have much to say, well now I have a ton to say, so 10 things coming at ya:

1.  My long run this past weekend was great and sucky at the same time- does anyone else have these runs? I felt pretty good since I kept it easy, but it seemed to drag on forever and I didn't enjoy it the way I used to love long long runs.

2.  I did 13.1 Miles in 2:02:27 or 9:20 pace, that is actually pretty spot on for an easy long run.

3.  This was my longest "long run" in months- so sad! I have raced several halfs and even added mileage, but just going out to do a long run, it has been a while, I think that is what was so rough.

4.  My hip has been hurting since said long run last week, and it has me majorly freaked out!

5.  I am super lucky to already have a massage booked for Thursday, so hopefully we can get all the crap out and be ready for another longer run this weekend- 15 miles is the goal.

6. For those of you who have experience with snow running- I am leaving in 17 days for the arctic air in Austria! We are going skiing for a week and I still have to get in a few runs once I am there. While I certainly do not expect anything of quality, I have to get some miles in- any advice on how to run on hills in the snow, or even in the snow for that matter? All advice is deeply appreciated!

7. For this trip, I for see myself slipping, falling, and being laughed at as the dumb American who can't run in the snow. I won't even worry about the fact that the base elevation there is 4212ft and my house is umm....8 feet above sea level. Great. I can see it now, I will be sucking wind like a sixty year old santa claus look alike with emphysema.

8. 11 days in and I have already decided to ammend one of my 2011 Goals...running related...not loving it.

9.  I am supposed to run the 26.2 with Donna on February 13th, that's right, in like a month. The longest run I have done since my last marathon is 15 miles, and I would maybe have time to squeek in 1- 20 miler before this race. Considering the injury I had to deal with (am still dealing with) after my last marathon, I have not had the time to put in the type of training I would like for a marathon.

After much internal deliberation I have decided that I want to drop from the Full to the half for this race. While I could physically be ready to run 26.2 miles that day, I would not truly be ready for it. I don't want to run a marathon just to run it at this point, I want to race, I want to destroy my time, and I want to know I put everything into my training that I could, and I don't feel that I could do that for this race.

I really wanted nothing more than to run this specific marathon, and to do it well, but I am humble enough to know I am just not there right now. The last thing I want to do is reinjure myself and have to forfit the rest of my spring races, so I am at peace with my decision, and plan to go out and destroy my half marathon PR, I do feel very much prepared for that right now.

This had been eating at me for a couple weeks now, and it feels SO nice to put it all out there in the open finally!

10. I have wedding updates! But they will be coming your way in a fun "Wedding Wednesday" post!


  1. i'm so jealous of your impending trip! and it sounds like your making the right decision for you regarding the race. i bet having a decision made feel excellent.

  2. Good luck with your 15 miler this weekend! It looks like we have similar long run schedules, I think I'm doing 15 this weekend as well! :)

  3. Have a BLAST skiing. If you don't get the runs in, I wouldn't sweat it. You will make up for it by skiing- great on the legs!

    As for moving to the half. I am in total agreement. I had a full on tap for that weekend, too, but like you, want to ROCK it. So... I'm switching to the half b/c the training just hasn't been there. Sometimes we have to make difficult, but smart decisions about our running/racing.

  4. I'm 99% sure that I'm running that half, too! :) Definitely not the full ... I'm over the full ... hahaha!

    Jealous of your skiing! I say, enjoy the vacation!